You know that it's been a rough semester when you go this long between blogs. I think I'm just now ready to sit down and blog about teaching again. When you work that hard and every day seems to be consumed with papers and tests and grading and whiny students, blogging about it all just seems to be like too much like work!
I'm currently in the second week of the summer session. I had to really organize this summer, as I got screwed into an overload (don't even get me started) and have to plan and run the theatre summer camp. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise to be this busy - I've never been better at my job. I've streamlined everything, I've enforced grading time, even when I have nothing to grade, and I am more proactive at reaching out to my students.
There are some changes happening at school. Lots of initiatives that are making waves in all decisions. For the most part, I think they are all good, but like any change, there will be some growing pains. I have some decisions I need to make myself. Not too much on it for now, but in a later post, I will pro/con the issues. The longer I'm with my school, the more I love it and the more I hate it. I guess whenever your career involves something of passion, and teaching truly is a passion, then a love/hate relationship is to be expected.
I've been lucky this summer in that my classes really seem to be enjoying the classes. I know a lot of instructors who hate to teach summers, but I love it. These are (usually) the students who are trying to get ahead, not wanting to wait that extra semester to graduate. They are motivated. Plus, they are usually only taking 2 classes, so their attention isn't as divided. Already this semester, my students have made me laugh out loud on a regular basis. You know, despite everything that has happened, I really think it's going to be a great summer!